Gem Theatre

106 S. Locust Street,
Centralia, IL 62801

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SethG on January 19, 2020 at 3:27 pm

Should be listed as demolished. The current building is only one story. The 1924 Sanborn shows the theater as a two-story brick building. On that map, the address is 108. Not sure why the renumbering, 104 already was skipped to make this 108.

On the 1909 map, the address is 106. The theater is sharing the building with a millinery, at about 60/40 in favor of the theater. The stage section is also smaller on this map.

The building was originally a tin front, constructed sometime between 1886 and 1892, and occupied by a dry goods store until the theater moved in. The tin front is not noted after the 1902 map.